You'll notice this display tree is 6 feet tall, nicely rounded and fat with branches.
This is called the "Shimmer" look.
All of the decorations are gold. Not real gold of course, simply gold coloured, made from that cheap stuff that allows these baubles to be sold for only four dollars a packet. (At Coles, I haven't checked the prices at other supermarkets).
Well within my budget.
The baubles, mostly gold with a few shimmery pinks mixed in.
Balls in three sizes and elongated baubles, some are shiny, some are matte, many have glitter.
All of them are pretty.
I even bought a packet of glittery stars.
And of course I had to have the sparkly tinsel!
Christmas just isn't Christmas without tinsel.
Now here's my tree.
Clearly not six feet tall, (it's about 90 or 100cms), not nicely rounded, certainly not fat with branches.
In fact it's rather spindly.
When I downsized from a six foot tree several years ago, this is what I could afford.
I hung it with everything I had available, plus lots of tinsel.
Last year a couple of monkeys got hung in there too.
Overall I've been happy with it.
I think I can safely say that my tree, even with the displayed ornaments, won't look like the one pictured in the Coles Christmas magazine.
But I'll give it a good try.
(maybe I should invest in a slightly fatter tree next year?)
Here are the pictures of the other decorating options shown in the mgazine.
This is called the "Classic" look, mostly red baubles with a few gold stars and a handful of green balls on the bottom branches.
"Wonderland". White and silver decorations, with navy blue stars. Along the bottom branches, those elongated baubles in silver with silver glitter and silver with navy blue glitter. (to me they just look purple).
The "Regal". Mostly purple, with a few silver balls, and some strings of purple beads.
Classic and Shimmer have gold stars on top of the tree, Wonderland and Regal have silver.
What are you doing with your tree this year?
Following a colour theme?
Do you have heirloom decorations, handed down from parents and grandparents?
Handmade decorations made in school or at home by your children?
Old-fashioned painted wooden decorations?
A mix of all of these?